- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Crown Forum (June 24, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400097932
- ISBN-13: 978-1400097937
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers Paperback – June 24, 2008
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"Michael Barone's definition of a revolution is more conservative than mine, but it's exactly the irony - of a conservative revolution - that lends point and weight to his absorbing study of an event that changed much more than it set out to change. Without 1688 there would have been no 1776."
“We all know Michael Barone as one of the nation’s most insightful observers of the American political scene. Now, turning his considerable talents to the Glorious Revolution, he has woven a rich, varied, and fascinating tale, a saga not simply of British liberties, but ultimately, one which would have great resonance for America’s Founders as well.”
—Jay Winik, author of April 1865: The Month That Saved America
“Not content with being the most knowledgeable commentator on the nuts and bolts of American politics, Michael Barone now provides a splendid analysis of the intellectual pedigree of America’s political order. He demonstrates the remarkable extent to which our revolution was a reverberation of another one.”
—George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize—winning columnist
“Michael Barone is legendary as the author of The Almanac of American Politics, the Bible of the Beltway. With this sparkling new study he shows that he should be well known as an historian also. His compelling narrative reveals how the Glorious Revolution of 1688 shaped America’s own revolution less than a century later. Barone demonstrates that a political journalist supremely sensitive to the tides that govern electoral politics can teach professional historians a great deal.”
—Paul A. Rahe, Jay P. Walker Professor of American History at the University of Tulsa
"A well-researched, well-written, thought-provoking book."
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“Loved it. It’s so dramatic and theatrical.”
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“An important new book . . . Thanks to writers like David McCullough, Richard Brookhiser, David Hackett Fischer, and now Barone, we still have both an interest and a legitimate pride in who we are and where we come from.”
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About the Author
MICHAEL BARONE is a senior writer with U.S. News & World Report and a contributor to Fox News Channel. He is the principal coauthor of the biannual Almanac of American Politics and the author of Our Country, The New Americans, and Hard America, Soft America.
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The Glorious Revolution gave the world the following:
- Constitutional Government (Laws that affected everyone including the Monarchy). All were equal under the law.
- Restrictions on the concentration of political power.
- Partial religious freedom. England still maintained a state church and public office holders had to be a member of the state church but dissenters would at least be free from persecution. This was a huge change from the persecution of protestants by Catholics and Catholics by protestants. This book provides powerful arguments for the separation of church and state. Imagine living in a world where your beliefs in God were monitored, and legislated. If you did not believe just like the Monarchy or the local village leaders you could be severely persecuted with loss of property, freedom or life itself.
- Greater freedom of the press.
- The framework for capitalism was set up during this time.
- Self rule via legislative assemblies was restored in the colonies (The United States). The United States was able to set up a legislative government because it already had nearly one hundred years of legislative experience by the time of 1776.
Pros: This is a great story and should be read by all who oppose tyranny!
Cons: The story can sometimes get bogged down by names, titles and details which at first don't seem to be relevant. However, these details become relevant later in the story.
For those interested in these topics I can also recommend:
Politics & Prophecy
The appendices contain the key written statements by William and the Act of Parliament of 1689 that defined the constitutional order for the U.K. and led to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Although the author does an excellent job or summarizing them in the main text, they deserve to be read in full.
A feature of the Glorious Revolution which makes it diferent from other western civilization revolutions was it's bloodlessness. We are all aware of the horrors of the French & Russian revolutions. Our own American Revolution was very bloody.
There has been a lot of material on the 16th century of Henry VIII, Bloody Mary & Elizabeth. Lots out there on the 18th century empire as well. This is a great addition to the 17th.